I know he doesn’t look sick, but he is. He’s also ridiculously cute. Baby Jude (that’s who he’ll always be to us) woke up in the night with the flu and so he’s home with mom today. We’ve had our share of days off with the holiday break and a snow day yesterday. That being said, our rhythm is off, but that’s okay.
My new year feels like it’s still trying to get started off. I haven’t fully finished my “dream board” for the year and I’m feeling a tad behind. One thing that I have established is my 2018 theme word.
I have several other words that I am also believing in for my life this year, but ORDER is the word I am laying as my foundation word for this year. The scripture that God led me to and that I’m standing on is:
“Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with ALL precious and pleasant riches.” Proverbs 24:3-4
The more that I have dug into the word ORDER, the more significant it already is becoming for me.
ORDER = dor in Hebrew
The Hebrew word דור (dor, Strong’s #1755) is used 167 times in the Hebrew Bible and usually translated as “generation.” While the Hebrew word דור (dor) and the English word “generation” are similar in meaning, it is important to understand the differences in order to have a clearer picture of the authors understanding of the word which may impact how a particular passage is understood.
A generation is the time from one birth to the birth of the next generation.
I had an event the other night for the 1M Project where we challenged people to reach 1 person a week with the Gospel. I want to lead by example and yet God has me home two days in a row with my kids.
As I’ve been reflecting on this thought, the Lord reminded me of my word this year and the call over my life as a mommy. Living a radical life for Jesus starts at home. Our largest influence will be with the ones who see us on a daily basis. I truly believe that I am raising world changers over here, and so every minute I get to spend pouring into them matters. It matters BIG TIME.
I’m so thankful that I work for a ministry that allows me to call in to care for my sick boy.
Trust me, we’re changing the world over here.
It’s truly amazing what a year can bring forth! I am so glad that God goes before us to prepare our hearts for the journey in this life with Him.
I knew entering into 2017 the year was going to be an adventurous one and boy was it. God gave me the word FLOURISH to stand on, and I’ve been walking it out as much as possibe.
” But blessed is the woman who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord her hope and confidence. She is like a tree planted along a riverbank, with its roots reaching deep into the water—a tree not bothered by the heat nor worried by long months of drought. Her leaves stay green, and she goes right on flourishing.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
The Lord showed me early into the year the importance of loving myself, so I implemented new things into my life to help me practice that more faithfully…
One of those things was allowing myself the grace to stay in my pj’s until noon on Saturdays and only do things I love to do, which included reading a lot of good books. I highly recommend this to anyone who struggles with wanting to please others before themself.
Booked a trip to California for just myself.
Vacationed in the Smokey Mountains with my babes and promised to say YES as much as possible.
Celebrated the graduation for our twins and threw a big ole’ party for them as we rolled into summer.
I turned 40 and launched a podcast and the 1M Project.
I took a backpacking trip with my favorite twins through the Wind River Indian Range in Lander, Wyoming and got to take my first helicopter ride.
I applied for Grad school and was accepted at Western Theological Seminary.
I met a guy who came in to serve food at the homeless shelter where I work . He asked me out for coffee. And he just happens to have two little girls the same age as my babes. Oh my heart.
I have so much to be grateful for.
Life is a precious gift. Year by year, His mercy never ceases to amaze me.
I am so honored to have you hear my dad, Pastor Jerry DePoy, share more of his testimony on this weeks podcast. His wisdom is so valuable to any evangelist who is looking for practical steps with their calling.
“One million starts with one”.
I had a phone conversation a few weeks ago where the person on the other end asked me an unexpected question. You see we’d been talking for a while about “my story” and I guess he was a little confused. I could tell he was a bit troubled and then it came out…
“Jen, can I ask you something….
How in the world are you still standing?”
I wasn’t exactly sure what he was looking for, but I answered as though I did.
It’s a valid question. It really is.
What in the world would give a single mom of 5 kids, whose been divorced twice, the idea that God still wanted to use her life for something great? What in the world would give this same woman the ability to have no fear in the world to keep moving in ministry and plowing her way forward? Certainly she should fold by now. The story is too messy, the odds are stacked too high.
Well, that’s just not the case for me. Not today, and not ever. (Call me crazy if you wish).
I know it sounds crazy. I get that, but I can’t deny the encounter I had with the Lord several years ago where I walked away convinced that He wanted to use me for something great.
He does. He wants to use us all for something great!
Ephesians 3:20 “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
No story is too far gone. No life is too far damaged.
I don’t know who I’m speaking to tonight, but I pray you hear the message loud and clear.
I am so excited to have you hear us interview my dad, Pastor Jerry DePoy! What an honor. You will be so blessed by his journey. Enjoy!
On Episode 16, Bruce Bradford-Royle with BBR Comedy, shares his heart transparently with us about his road to freedom from alcoholism. Over the years God has also taught Bruce how to exercise self-control when using his gift of humor. Pour yourself some coffee and be feel free to take some notes while listening today.
Some days the waves come rolling in and there is just nothing you can do about it. Today is one of those days for me. And although there are so many wonderful things happening with my life right now, some things remain broken.
The weather shifted and the Holidays are approaching. Where do you start when you’re trying to rebuild your life. What are those first few steps? I honestly just want to shut down and not think about all of it, but then I stay stuck and I refuse to let that happen with my life.
Here! Right in this place of rubble, I get to choose how to write out a new plan.
Step-by-step, choice-by-choice, brick-by-brick, I’ll attempt to rebuild, and I know it won’t happen overnight. In fact, it’s going to take a lot of sweat, hard-work, tears, and teamwork but it can be done.
The foundation of a new plan is the most important piece. It requires special attention to each and every detail. I can’t afford to rush through the rebuilding phase of my life, and neither can you.
Matthew 7:24-25 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.”
Life keeps on going one way or another. You can live in the pile of ash forever or you can get up and dust yourself off.
Let’s be real…I’m not the only person in this world who has had to start out fresh again. I’m not the only person in this world who has suffered a great loss.
This is what life is made of. Hard times and good times. Ups and downs.
Together they are what shape us into who we are.
So although I don’t really want to… I’ll get up off this couch and I’ll keep moving. I’ll order those Christmas gifts and I’ll get my recipes out. I’ll get things ready for Advent and I’ll prepare my heart and mind for the kids coming and going.
I’ll find my new rhythm and I look forward to the journey there. May you find yours too.